And the mystery begins to unfold…
Based on what I have read and from US PassportNOW “Passports had been used for centuries in the US as well as a number of other countries, but were not actually mandatory for international travel until 1918.”
So the question arises “Why did ggg-grandfather Brayton and his second wife Johanna (née Plischke) complete an Emergency Passport Application at the American Embassy in Berlin on 1 February 1915?”
His reasons are “for the purpose of travel in Europe and identification”.
The above inserted photograph is of ggg-grandfather Brayton Placeway and his wife Johanna. It was discovered attached to the Emergency Passport Application.
Here are the pages of ggg-grandfather Brayton's Emergency Passport Application. The source of this document is the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; Emergency Passport Applications, Argentina thru Venzuela, 1906-1915; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 1244183 / MLR Number A1 544; Box #:4584; Volume #:173.
Here is my transcription of the amended Department Passport Application form. I have not included the crossed out portions, which you can see in the image of the actual document.
Emergency PASSPORT APPLICATION
Issued, Feb. 1, 1915I, Brayton Placeway, a NATIVE AND LOYAL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED
STATES, hereby apply to the American Embassy, Berlin for a passport for myself, accompanied by
my wife, Johanna.
I solemnly swear that I was born at Pinckney, in the State
of Michigan, on 17 day of April, 1888;
that my father was native citizen of the United States; that I am domiciled in the United
States, my permanent residence being at Pinckney, in the State of Michigan
where I follow the occupation of Theatrical Artist that I left the United States on the 28 day
of October, 1911, * and am now temporarily sojourning at Berlin,
that I intend to return to the United States within 3
_____ with the purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship therein; and that I desire for the
passport for the purpose of travel in Europe & identification.
I have not applied elsewhere for a United States passport or for consular registration and been refused.
OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
Further, I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,
foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I take this obligation freely, without
any mental reservation or purpose of evasion: So help me God.
American Embassy at Berlin
Sworn to before me, this day of February, 1915
Roland B Haney2nd Sec. of Embassyof the United States of America
DESPCRIPTION of APPLICANT.
Age: 26 years.
Stature: 5 feet, 10 ½ inches, Eng.
Complexion: med dark
- Nothing filled in at this part of the Application
Identifying documents submitted as follows: Consular Certificate of Registra-
tion from Reichenberg Austria Marriage Certificate
Certificate from Notary Public from Livingston County, Michigan
I, solemnly swear that I desire the passport
for which I have applied on the annexed form
for use in visiting Germany and
returning to the United States
via Holland and England
Brayton PlacewayAmerican Embassy at Berlin,
Sworn to before me, this 1st day of February 1915.
Roland B Haney2nd Sec. of EmbassySecretary of the Embassyof the United States of America.
Holder of Emergency Passport No. 4962
issued Feb. 1st 1915 at Berlin
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